Rolfes out of World Cup

German Football
By German Football May 5, 2010 07:47

Rolfes out of World Cup

Midfielder Simon Rolfes will miss the World Cup because of injury.

Rolfes, who has 21 caps for Germany, injured his right knee in January and was on crutches for eight weeks. He will only begin jogging in mid-May and would not be fit in time to represent Germany in June.

“I’m very pleased with the way my rehabilitation has gone,” Rolfes, who plays at Bayer Leverkusen, said on the Bundesliga website. “Unfortunately with the current situation, it wouldn’t make sense for me to go to the World Cup.

“Not going to the World Cup is difficult for me to swallow, but all I can do is wish the team all the best in South Africa.”

He informed coach Löw on Tuesday of his situation, the same day the nation’s no. 1 keeper Adler announced he would not be available for a call-up due to a rib injury.

This represents a double injury blow to Löw’s plans and he only has a month to decide on replacements.

Rolfes last played for Germany in the 1-0 win over Russia last October, which booked their place at the finals.

German Football
By German Football May 5, 2010 07:47
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  1. Jaideep gandhi May 5, 10:46

    Tough luck on Rolfes as he had a brilliant 2008 Euro. I expect Ballack & Shweini to fill up the spots. Not so disappointed with Adler’s absence as I expect Butt to be the 1st choice GK, anyway.

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